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Avoid Long Hierarchical Menus

If you right-click (or Control-click) on some item, such as a file in the Finder, and one of the sub-menus has many options (Open With is a frequent culprit), it may take several seconds to open, even on a fast machine, which is annoying if you did not actually want that sub-menu.

The trick is to not pull the cursor through the menu, but in a curve around it, so the cursor does not touch any menu items until lower on the list where you wanted to go.

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Take Control News/30-Apr-07

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Extend the iPod's Capabilities with Advice in New Book -- Much has happened in the iPod world of late, so if you haven't been keeping up on the many things you can do with your iPod other than play music, check out the second edition of "Take Control of Your iPod: Beyond the Music," by Steve Sande. Almost completely rewritten, the 134-page book covers the latest in iPod technology, explains the basics for new users, and helps everyone find more ways to get the most out of their iPods. You'll learn about over a dozen major iPod uses, ranging from reading email and RSS feeds to running Keynote and PowerPoint presentations.

Steve begins with colorful comparison charts of the various iPod models to help you figure out which you have, since you may not realize that the iPod you bought few years ago is considered a "second-generation iPod" or you may have received your iPod as an unidentified hand-me-down. After a brief look at charging, syncing, and troubleshooting, Steve jumps into the many things you can do with an iPod, including obvious uses like listening to podcasts, watching video downloaded from the Internet, and exercising with the Nike+iPod Sport Kit. But the real fun comes in putting an iPod to less obvious uses like recording lectures or podcast interviews, reading text-based electronic books, and displaying maps.

Owners of the first edition of the ebook should click the Check for Updates button on the cover to download a free update (available to those who purchased after 01-Sep-06) or to access an update discount.

 

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